Nairobi — The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) marked its 50-year anniversary Thursday at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Activists have complained that the UNEP is slow to address global threats to our environment, such as climate change or pollution. However, the U.N. Environment Assembly this Week saw over 100 nations pledge to negotiate a binding agreement to reduce plastic pollution.
Inger Andersen is UNEP’s chief. She stated Thursday that UNEP has helped save the planet from destruction and damage.
She said, “We saved millions of people’s lives and protected nature.” “We showed environmental multilateralism does deliver. This is a lesson that should be a source of inspiration for us today. Friends, there are other significant achievements such as the launch of the IPCC scientific body, the phase out of lead and petrol, and, just yesterday, the resolution that began the pathway to a global plastic pollution deal to end plastic waste for good.
The resolution calls for two-year negotiations to reach an international treaty that addresses the growing problem of plastic trash.
The UNEP was established in Stockholm in 1972. It has played a major role in protecting the world’s wildlife and plants.
The organization claims its mandate is to bring together the world in dealing with environmental threats.
Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president, addressed leaders, delegates, and environmental activists at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi.
“Over the last 50 years UNEP has helped the entire world to see the importance of the environment in human existence. It has also helped us to understand the growing threats to the environment and the existential threat to our planet. He also said that UNEP has helped to galvanize global action to protect our environment.
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Wanjira Mathai is the vice-president of the World Resources Institute and the regional director. She said that it has been difficult to enforce agreed-upon environmental laws and policies.
Enforcement is our biggest challenge. We make promises but don’t always do what we promise. He stated that that is our greatest opportunity, and that we must see them through.
Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana, says that implementing environmental laws and the agreement require more funding.
“Botswana is continuing to follow the multilateral environment agreements that she is a signatory to. He stated that although it is difficult to fulfill these commitments with limited resources, Botswana remains committed.
Andersen stated that her organisation needs the support of all nations to create a stable climate, rich nature, and benefit all.